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About me

I know there are a dizzying number of therapists out there that you are attempting to choose between!   It’s essential you find the right therapist for you; someone you feel comfortable talking to. That’s why I’m happy to offer a free 20 minute consultation, so you can meet me or talk to me and decide if I’m the right one.

Sessions are returning to face-to-face from the first week in March, online or telephone till then.

Considering counselling isn’t done lightly, it can feel daunting, but it can also be the start of a better future. The anonymity, confidentiality and non-judgemental nature of counselling make it a unique experience that everyone can benefit from.

Life can be complex and challenging. Talking to friends and family can help but it's not always enough or appropriate - this is where seeking professional help for yourself comes in.

I work in a friendly, down-to-earth way to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you so that you feel safe to talk about and explore whatever's going on for you. You will be listened to in confidence, with respect and empathy, and without being judged.

For most people counselling is life-enhancing, enlightening and empowering (it can even be fun!). It can offer you new ways to understand yourself and others.

The aims of counselling are to provide greater understanding and perspective on your problems; to understand your reactions and behaviours better; to develop personal insight and self awareness; to achieve greater self-acceptance and gain a sense of empowerment.   You can then work towards a more positive sense of who you are, what is important to you, the choices you have and the goals you want to achieve, thus enabling lasting change.

Being an integrative counsellor means that I have studied a variety of psychological theories and approaches and we can use this knowledge to fit your individual personality and counselling needs.

I am an experienced counsellor with 10 years in private practice.  I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and am on their Register of Therapists.

My background is in group training and an enduring interest in people led me into my counselling career. I am NHS trained, have worked with the homeless and was a counsellor at The Heart of Kent Hospice for 5 years. I have been in private practice for 10 years, offering counselling from my own peaceful garden room (as pictured)

Feel free to contact me for further information, to arrange a counselling session or to arrange to come and meet me for the free 20 minutes to see if Im the therapist for you.
Fees can be negotiated in cases of hardship so please ask.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered MBACP (Accredited)

This means I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and that I have completed the additional requirements/qualification with them to be an accredited member .

Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Distinction)
NHS trained

5 years pre and post bereavement hospice work

Group training and therapeutic group work

1 year working with vulnerable adults in a homeless unit

10 years Private practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Living with a terminal diagnosis - for you, a member of your family or for a friend

Issues around being a carer

Pre-bereavement work - including the making of memory boxes for your loved ones

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 per hour for one to one counselling

(negotiable in cases of hardship so please ask)



Free initial 20 minute consultation if requested

Availability

I undertake to see you within a week of enquiry, if not sooner. Last appointment 6-7 pm.

Bearsted
Maidstone
Kent
ME14

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)

Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)